Body recovered from Gosport lake

Emergency services searching the lake at Walpole Park in Gosport

Emergency services searching the lake at Walpole Park in Gosport

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A MAN’S body has been pulled from a lake in Gosport.

Emergency services were called to Walpole Park after the body was seen floating in the water.

Divers waded into the water to recover the body. An air ambulance was also sent to the area, landing in the park.

Police have set up an orange tent next to the water and cordoned off the area.

Kelly Lond, 25, from Rambler Drive in Gosport, said: ‘We saw a body being pulled out of the water. It’s horrible.

‘We don’t know why. It’s in a children’s park. The people that saw it were feeding the swans with their kids. It’s shocking.’

Gavin Clark, 35, from Gosport, who was driving past the scene stopped to see what was going on when he noticed the police tape.

He said: ‘There were a lot of people standing around and everyone was really shocked because you just don’t expect anything like that to happen here.

‘Initially no one knew what was going on and it wasn’t until the fire crews turned up in wet suites that I saw the body floating in the middle of the water.

‘It is a puzzling situation because the water is only waist height so if someone had fallen into the water, they could’ve easily stood up – what ever happened it seems very strange.’

Police spokesman Neil Miller said: ‘We received a call from a member of the public at 12.20pm this afternoon with reports of a body floating face-down in the boating lake at Walpole Park.’

The man was retrieved from the water by a fire crew and members of the ambulance service attempted to treat him, but he died at the scene.

He is believed to be a man in his 40s from the Gosport area.

Officers are currently at the scene investigating the circumstances of his death.

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